Foreigners: Events around Slovakia

Tips for performances and other events in Slovak regions between September 29 and October 8, including a drumming course, two urban multi-genre festivals, a city marathon, derniere of an opera, contemporary dance, exhibitions, and a lot of jazz, folklore, classical and other music.

Marthon runners filled the streets of Košice. Marthon runners filled the streets of Košice. (Source: TASR)

Western Slovakia


CONCERT/MULTI-MEDIA: Premeny harfy /Transformations of the Harp – The multi-media theatre performance Transformations of the Harp is a new project from renowned Slovak harpist Michal Matejčík, directed by Juraj Bielik. The musical monodrama of a harpist and his instrument is a unique audio-visual performance by a top harpist who plays with established orchestras like the RSO Wien, Recreation Graz, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan, and the Vienna State Opera; as well as with (in 2011 and 2012) George Michael and (in March 2013) with Depeche Mode, and with Slovak singers Katarína Knechtová and Katarína Koščová. Starts: Sep 29, 19:00, Ján Palárik Theatre, Trojičné Square 2. Admission: €10. More info:

Považská Bystrica/Pružina

HIKING/CONCERT: Strážovské vrcholenie / Strážov Culmination – The end of the tourist and summer/harvest season in the area around Stráživksé vrchy is marked by the fourth year of a weekend event that offers guided tours around the otherwise closed Pružinská Dúpna Jaksyňa cave (from 9:30), a concert by the Wind Quintet of the Elementary Art School (ZUŠ) Považská Bystrica in that cave (11:00) and a barbecue at Kormtanka, near the Priepasť medzi Kačkami site, visits to the Priepasť / Abyss, music, competitions, and more – from 13:30. Starts: Oct 1, Pružinská Dúpna Jaskyňa cave, and Kortmanka. More info, contact: 0905/488028; bohuslav.kortman@speleostrazov.


CONCERT: Martin Harich – Provendios Tour – The current tour of a Slovak songster, one of the most successful personalities of the national pop scene, leads him to clubs in Trnava, Banská Bystrica, Nové Mesto n/Váhom, Nitra, Bratislava, Poprad, Liptovský Hrádok, Žilina, Prešov and Košice. Starts: Oct 5, 20:30; Music a Cafe, Kollárova 20. Admission: €8. Tickets:, More info:


CONCERT: Nvmeri Tour de ♣ – The Slovak band Nvmeri have embarked on a tour promoting, among other pieces, their latest album I Don´t Think So. The tour, called “Tour de ♣” (i.e. Tour de Club), leads them to 14 venues in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. They are looking forward to playing in smaller towns and clubs, unofficial frontman Pišta Kráľovič said. They mix new songs with older hits, a remake from the time of The Uniques, and a spectacular show. Nvmeri first plays in Liptovksý Mikuláš, then in Trenčín, Žilina, Bratislava and Trnava. Starts: October 7, 21:00; Klub Lúč, Kniežaťa Pribinu 3. Admission:€4-€6. Tel: 0903/027-910;


DRUMMING/COURSE: Brazilian Drumming – Every Tuesday in October, a free course of drumming on Brazilian percussions is offered. The courses are led by Igor “Presidente” Holka with percussionists of Campana Batucada, the first school of Samba in Slovakia. Starts: Oct 3 (10, 17, 24, 31), 18:00; Nová pekáreň, Rázusova 2, Nitra. Admission: free. More info:


EXHIBITION: Kristián Németh – Crack – Slovak artist Kristián Németh in his work often focuses on the critical dialogue with Catholic Church. This time, however, his installations curated by Ľuboš Lehocký are rather an expression of wider issues and frameworks oscillating around the notion of fragility as a symbolic quality: fragility of people, values, things or relations. Open: Open: Tue – Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat – Sun 13:00 - 18:00 until Oct 22; Gallery of the Young, Nitra Gallery / Nitrianska galéria, Župné Square 3. Admission: €3. More info:

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Central Slovakia

Liptovský Mikuláš

JAZZ: Especias (SK) – After a summer break, the Jazz in the Town autumn season is starting. At the end of September, the Especias (Filip Urda – accordion, Erik Kováč - guitar, Barbora Comendant - bass and Matej Richtarčík – percussions) will present their fresh fusion of swing, jazz, classics, folklore, Latino and groove. Starts: Sep 29, 19:30; Route 66, Garbiarska 627. Admission: €8. More info:

Modrý Kameň Castle

MUSIC FEST: Modrokamenská hudobná slávnosť / Modrý Kameň Music Fest – The third edition of the festival of chamber music in the romantic and accoustically unique St Anna Chapel offers two concerts: Slovak violinist Milan Paľa will perform solo sonatas for violin by J.S. Bach and Hungarian ensemble Sonatores Pannoniae, playing late-Renaissance to early baroque music on period wind instruments, will join forces with Hungarian organist Soa Dinyés in an interesting two-choir polyphony in which two ensembles complement and answer one another. Starts: Sep 29, 17:00 (Milan Paľa, SK, violin), 18:00 (Sonatores Pannoniae, Soma Dinyés, HU); St Anna's Chapel, Modrý Kameň Castle. Admission: free. More info:

Banská Štiavnica

STREET ART FESTIVAL: Festival Amplión 2017 – The three-day festival of new cabaret and street art will take place both outdoors and indoors in the historical town inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list. The multi-genre festival (theatre, music, literature, motion and visual arts) tries to merge the arts with civic activities. Starts: Sep 29-Oct 1; various sites in Banská Štiavnica. More info:;


FILM FESTIVAL: Hory a Mesto Žilina / Mountains and City Žilina – The festival of documentaries about climbing, travelling and adventures is a selection of the créme de la créme of the Bratislava edition of this festival. Accompanying events include an interactive presentation of the work of the Mountain Rescue Service, discussion with mountain guide Pavol Rajtár, and more. Starts: Sep 29-Oct 1; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. More info:

Banská Bystrica

CONCERT: Korben Dallas – The autumn part of the tour by the Slovak rock band Korben Dallas named Stredovek / Middle Ages takes them to Banská Bystrica, Lučenec, Bratislava, Prague, Kremnica, Trenčín, Martin, Prešov and Trnava and gives them the opportunity to present their new, eponymous album in these cities and towns. Starts: Sep 29, 20:00; Robotnícky dom, Robotnícka 3. Admission: €12 (in advance)-€15. Tickets: More info:


PHYSICAL THEATRE: T.I.T.S. (CZ/NOR/DE): Forced Beauty – Forced Beauty is an audio-visual motion performance about the human desire to control each other, to dominate, contemplating on violence, empathy and human relations, as expressed by two females. T.I.T.S. works both with and against the cliché of “femininity”. Concept, choreography, performer: Nela H. Kornetová (CZ/NOR); choreography, performer: Lærke Grøntved (DK). Starts: Oct 5, 19:00; Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. More info:


CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Voce Magna – The festival of choir music is holding a competition, for the first time ever. The Slovak Sinfonietta (ŠKO Žilina) will give a special concert as part of this festival, conducted by Štefan Sedlický, with solo soprano Božena Ferancová, and solo bass Peter Mikuláš, the Žilinský miešaný zbor / Žilina Mixed Choir and Cantica Martin, the Stabat Mater for Soprano, Bass, Mixed Choir and Orchestra by Jevgenij Iršai. Starts: Oct 5, 19:00; House of Arts Fatra, Dolný Val 49. Admission: €64-€6. More info:

Banská Bystrica

OPERA: Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale - The lesser-known work of Donizetti, a comic opera in three acts and in the Slovak language, premiers by the State Opera as rehearsed and conducted by Igor Bulla, directed by Dana Dinková, with costumes by Adriena Adamíková, stage design by Marek Šafárik, and choir-master Iveta Popovičová. The cast includes Ivan Zvarík, Ján Galla as guest, Katarína Procházková, Michaela Popik Kušteková as guest, Dušan Šimo, Martin Gyimesi as guest, Martin Popovič, Ľubomír Popik as guest, and Slavomír Macák. Starts: Oct 6, 18:30; State Opera, Národná 11. Admission: €10, season tickets A, D. More info:

Eastern Slovakia


MODERN DANCE: Věra Ondrašíková & Team: Guide – The dance/body theatre/audio-visual piece tries to look back at the course of life and explores whether people would change anything if they were able or allowed to do so. Starts: Sep 29, 19:00 (Sep 30, 17:00); big hall Tabačka KulturFabrik, Gorkého 2. Admission: €4-€9. More info:


MARATHON: International Peace Marathon / Medzinárodný Maratón mieru 2017 – The already traditional international marathon in Košice, one of the oldest in Europe, brings not just the run itself (starting on October 1 at 9:00) but also a host of competitions – e.g. for children, inliners, handbikers and wheelchair athletes, a canoeing marathon, a walk with Slovak Matej Tóth, international champion, a half-marathon, a junior relay race, a company U.S. Steel Family Run, and other events for the whole weekend. Starts: Sep 29- Oct 1, 9:00 the marathon itself; various venues (marathon starts in the Main Street). More info:


ART FESTIVAL: White Night 2017 – In Košice, there wil be a host of events, artworks and installations prepared for the White Night on Sepember 30, mostly outdoors. From the St Michael Chapel in main Street, through Kunsthalle, KulturPark, Tabačka, to the city park, railway station and other venues, the city will light up between 19:00 and midnight, with some events lasting even longer. Starts: Sep 30, 19:00-4:00; various sites in Košice. More info:


OPERA/DERNIERE: Georg Friedrich Händel: Alcina - This opera by Händel (1735) represents the pinnacle of Baroque operas, while offering, in Italian, the story of the witch Alcina and musings on Good and Evil. The team includes music training/conducting by Marek Štryncl, conductor Jan Novobilský, direction and stage design by Linda Keprtová, costumes by Danica Hanáková, and choirmaster Lukáš Kozubík. Cast includes Michaela Várady / Lucie Kašpárková; Mariana Hochelová / Aneta Hollá; Maxim Kutsenko / Davide Maggioni; Viera Kállayová / Anna Manske; Myroslava Havryliuk / Markéta Cukrová; Viktória Norko-Marková / Maria Taytakova; Marián Lukáč / Marek Gurbaľ. Starts: Sep 30, 19:00; historical building of the State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €4-€10. Tel: 055/2452-269 (daytime), 055/2452-260 (evenings);; tickets


HISTORICAL TRAIN: The Night of Lights – This special event by the Košice Children’s Historical Railway offers lights, acrobatics, fire dance (Traven) and music – from 19:00 until midnight. There will also be buses with free fares to the Čermeľ terminal station near Košice, from Maratón Mieru Square / Nám. maratónu mieru – in front of the Košice Region headquarters, every full hour from 18:55 till 23:45. Starts: Sep 30, 19:00; Čermeľ railway station / Maratón Mieru Square (bus). More info:; 0905/496-426;


CLASSICAL MUSIC: State Slovak Philharmonic Košice & Peter Breiner – This concert of the State Slovak Philharmonics Košice (ŠfK) is dedicated to local native, conductor, composer and pianist Peter Breiner who now lives in the US. This year he celebrates his 60th birthday, and thus, the philharmony where he premiered several of his compositions and arrangements congratulates him by offering the premiere of his Beatles go Baroque II., as well as his arrangement of a suite from Tchaikovsky's opera Duke. Starts: Oct 4, 19:00; House of Arts, ŠfK, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €5-€10. Tickets: More info:


FOLKLORE/MUSIC: Šarišanci and guests: Dzifče Počarovne – The folklore ensemble Šarišanci play, sing and dance folklore that connects several areas in eastern Slovakia, with temperament typical for the Šariš region. Their recently released album called Dzifče Počarovne will be launched into life by them, solo singer Vlaďka Keselicová and legendary first violinist Ľubo Šimčík, their friend, saxophonist Mário “Gapa” Garbera, presenter Jožko Jožka and also Štefan Štec. Starts: Oct 5, 19:00; big stage, J. Záborského Theatre, Legionárov Square 6. Admission: €12. More info:


DANCE/PREMIERE: William Shakespeare, Ondrej Šoth, Zuzana Mistríková: Hamlet – Hamlet, one of the globally most staged works of W. Shakespeare, has been morphed into a contemporary dance with this SDKE stageing. Dramatic advisor Zuzana Mistríková and director/music dramaturgist Ondrej Šoth have condensed the story into the fundamental issue of fighting Evil or resigning to it. Choreography: Nelson Reguera Perez, Maksym Sklyar; stage design: Juraj Fábry; costumes: Simona Machálková. The pre-premiere is on October 5, premiere on October 6. Starts: Oct 5/6 (7, 11), 19:00; State Theatre Košice, Hlavná 58. Admission: €3.50-€12. More info:; tickets


EXHIBITION: MaBe – The Other Side / Druhá Strana – The exhibition of Slovak figural artist with the nickname MaBe who keeps searching and confronts visitors with the dark side of human beings is curated by Carmen Kováčová. His pictures made with difficult techniques are distinctive also for the human who is in the focus – and his face with a piercing look even more so. His pictures evoke the question which one is the “other”, the dark side, and who watches whom. Open: Tue-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-13:00 until November 4; U Anjela Gallery, Starý trh 53. Admission: free. More info:

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